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Thursday, 14 June 2012
Bolton Wanderers' football captain, Kevin Davies, was the guest of honour at Bolton School's Community Action Celebration Evening and he was fulsome in his praise of the Sixth Form students' work in the local community. He congratulated the girls and boys on their efforts: "You are very lucky to be educated at this wonderful school but I think you know this and I am delighted that you are putting so much back into the local community. It is great to see this, especially at such a young age. You will have learnt some invaluable lessons about how the world works. It is a tremendous achievement and I wish you all the best in the future."
Kevin spoke about his own charity, KiDs of Bolton, and how it has raised over £200,000 through a number of prestigious golf days and a masquerade ball. He said he could fully appreciate the commitment that the students had made as he now knows how time consuming and absorbing, but also how rewarding, working for the community can be. He had decided to set up his own charity in his "adopted home of Bolton" a couple of years ago as he moved into his thirties and decided it was time to put something back into the community.
Over the course of the academic year, the Year 12 students gave almost 12,000 hours of their time to voluntary work. This is the equivalent of one person working full-time for 7 years. Earlier in the evening, they spoke about their individual experiences of helping others. Every student was encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours' work in the community but most had done much more than this and many were acknowledged with "Gold" certificates for having committed more than 100 hours of their time. Some pupils had completed several hundred hours with Sarah Rashid having given a staggering 543 hours of her time!
The students talked about helping out at a number of institutions across the town, including the Bolton Lads and Girls' Club, Beechville Care Home, Bolton Hospice and at Ladybridge High School. Many of the students had helped out with Bolton School's own SHINE programme, which provides Saturday classes for young disadvantaged children. Many also talked about their rewarding experiences mentoring younger readers and learners in the Infant and Junior Schools of Bolton School. Girls also spoke of their work further afield helping young street children in India with the SKCV project.
Miss Sue Hincks, Headmistress of the Girls' Division, concluded the evening by saying: "A Bolton School education is all about hard work, commitment and service to others and I am delighted to say that these students have surpassed these expectations!"
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